noun am·bi·tion \am-ˈbi-shən\

: a particular goal or aim : something that a person hopes to do or achieve

: a desire to be successful, powerful, or famous

: a desire to do things and be active

Full Definition of AMBITION

a :  an ardent desire for rank, fame, or power
b :  desire to achieve a particular end
:  the object of ambition <her ambition is to start her own business>
:  a desire for activity or exertion <felt sick and had no ambition>
am·bi·tion·less \-ləs\ adjective

Examples of AMBITION

  1. My first ambition as a child was to be in the circus.
  2. He lacked ambition and couldn't compete with the others.

Origin of AMBITION

Middle English, from Middle French or Latin; Middle French, from Latin ambition-, ambitio, literally, act of soliciting for votes, from ambire
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of AMBITION

ambition, aspiration, pretension mean strong desire for advancement. ambition applies to the desire for personal advancement or preferment and may suggest equally a praiseworthy or an inordinate desire <driven by ambition>. aspiration implies a striving after something higher than oneself <an aspiration to become president someday>. pretension suggests ardent desire for recognition of accomplishment often without actual possession of the necessary ability and therefore may imply presumption <has literary pretensions>.



Definition of AMBITION

transitive verb
:  to have as one's ambition :  desire

First Known Use of AMBITION



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